Don’t Fear California’s New Board Gender Quota

On September 30, 2018, only hours before the deadline, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill SB 826, making his state the first in the U.S. to adopt board gender quotas for public companies.

The law requires listed companies headquartered in California to have at least one woman on the board by 2019, and at least two or three women – depending on whether boards have more than five members – by 2021. Companies that don’t meet the quota face a financial penalty that would vary from $100,000 to $300,000 depending on whether the company is facing a first or second … Read more